Real estate agent shot dead

 

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

TWO motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead a real estate agent in a commercial lane in downtown Iloilo City Tuesday morning.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) said it is looking into previous transactions by victim Richard Cezar, a native of Guimaras province, who died of three gunshot wounds in his back while being treated by doctors at the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital.

Cezar was reading a newspaper outside Iloilo New Agri-Industrial Marketing and General Services owned by Engr. Ely Bagtasus on Ledesma Street when a gunman wearing a helmet and jacket shot him four times in his back.

The gunman fled onboard a red motorcycle driven by another person also wearing a helmet and jacket towards Tanza area.

Investigators from the Iloilo City Proper Police Station found four empty shells of caliber .45 bullets and deformed slugs in the crime scene. The glass shelf in front of the store was also damaged by a wayward bullet during the shooting.

Real estate agent shot dead

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

TWO motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead a real estate agent in a commercial lane in downtown Iloilo City Tuesday morning.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) said it is looking into previous transactions by victim Richard Cezar, a native of Guimaras province, who died of three gunshot wounds in his back while being treated by doctors at the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital.

Cezar was reading a newspaper outside Iloilo New Agri-Industrial Marketing and General Services owned by Engr. Ely Bagtasus on Ledesma Street when a gunman wearing a helmet and jacket shot him four times in his back.

The gunman fled onboard a red motorcycle driven by another person also wearing a helmet and jacket towards Tanza area.

Investigators from the Iloilo City Proper Police Station found four empty shells of caliber .45 bullets and deformed slugs in the crime scene. The glass shelf in front of the store was also damaged by a wayward bullet during the shooting.

Family of murdered jailer bewails ‘half-truth’

By: Herbert Vego

SAN JOSE, Antique – The family of Romar Saquibal, the jail officer killed by protesting inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) district jail here last August 25, fears “complicity” between the inmates and the outgoing jail warden, Sr. Inspector Prycel Arevalo, whom they wanted retained.

Saquibal was shot dead while trying to snatch from the inmates a package that had been thrown into jail by a still unknown source from the outside. It turned out that the package contained a grenade, a handgun and a knife. It was the first day in office of Arevalo’s successor, Inspector Danny Layog, a jail officer who had never before served as warden.

Consequently, BJMP Regional Director Ignacio Panti relieved Layog and replaced him with S/Inspector Charles Casalan, who had already previously served there for five years. A warden with a reputation for being “straight,” he had also served the Culasi, Antique district jail.

2 positive of gunpowder burns

By: Albert T. Mamora

SAN JOSE, Antique – One of the two inmates who led the foiled jailbreak and hostage drama inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) prison here last August 25 may have fired the shot that killed a jail guard.

This, after inmates Loyd Francisco and Christopher Fernando tested positive for gunpowder nitrates in their hands during the paraffin test conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory.

Accounts of another inmate who saw the melee that led to the hostage incident point to Fernando as the one who shot Jail Officer 2 Romar Saquibal in his nape, resulting in his death.

A post mortem examination conducted by San Jose municipal health officer Dr. Ma. Eva D. Pacificador showed that Saguibal died of hemorrhage secondary to gunshot wound.

The gunshot wound has a diameter of 0.5 cm by 1 cm, leading police investigators to believe that Saquibal was shot using a caliber .38 revolver.

Tighter watch on inmates in hostage-taking incident

By: Florence F. Hibionada

TIGHTER watch is in effect on 17 inmates involved in last week’s deadly hostage-taking incident inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in San Jose, Antique.

Aside from the strengthened security, all 14 of 17 involved were also transferred to the Antique Rehabilitation Center (ARC).

This, as “in-house” investigation continues following the inmates’ surrender to authorities after hours of negotiations.

In an official news release sent to The Daily Guardian (TDG), confirmation was made on the report with the recommendation for said transfer pushed.

“According to Police Chief Inspector Gilbert T. Gorero, Chief of Police, the reason for the transfer of the 14 detainees to Antique Rehabilitation Center is the poor jail facility of San Jose MPS,” the news release from Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 went. “Our jail facility here in San Jose MPS is not really fitting to accommodate large number of detainees because our lock-up cell can only hold minimum number of detainees.”

Suspected pusher nabbed

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo MEMBERS of the Iloilo City Police Office’s Special Operations Group (ICPO-SOG) arrested a suspected drug pusher in Iloilo City Proper early Tuesday morning. Leo Antiquera, 45, Brgy. Veterans Village was snagged in a buy-bust operation around 2am yesterday in the said village. Supt. Noel Lamsis, ICPO deputy director for operations and […]

TDG contributor wins CAMMA award

THE 15th edition of the biennial Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards (CAMMA) declared columnist Fr. Roy Cimagala the best in column writing in ceremonies held in SM Cebu on August 28. This is the third time to win such award.

Fr. Cimagala writes a column, Hints and Traces, for Cebu’s Freeman and Reflections in The Daily Guardian and has been consistently putting Christian values into public issues covered by the media.

The Cebu-based priest is chaplain of Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE) among many other pastoral assignments. His love for writing led him to contribute commentaries to different media outfits.

“I feel that the burning issues of today need to be given the inputs of human and Christian values,” he said. “This does not mean there’s only one concrete human and Christian view regarding these issues. There can be many, since they are often matters of opinion. But at least they are views with a Christian tone,” he added.

Iloilo City, province suffer losses due to Typhoon Mina

By: Elsa S. Subong

ILOILO City and some towns in the first district of Iloilo province suffered damages to infrastructure and agriculture including one casualty, according to the report of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6).

The OCD said Typhoon Mina enhanced southwest monsoon that brought continuous moderate to heavy rains during the weekend and resulted to flooding, landslides and soil subsidence in some Iloilo towns.

As of today, the OCD identified said the towns of Tubungan and Miag-ao were hit hard by flooding and landslides.

In Tubungan, the road in the boundary of Bgys. Jolason and Nagba, with an estimated length of one hundred meters, was damaged. More or less 15 hectares of rice lands were also damaged due to soil subsidence and landslide at Brgys. Ambarihon, Buenavista and Batga.

PRO-6 makes glowing report on anti-illegal gambling drive

By: Elsa S. Subong

THE police in Western Visayas have conducted 647 anti-illegal gambling operations from January to July 2011, higher than last year’s 155 operations.

C/Supt. Cipriano Querol, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, said this year’s operations means there has been no let up in making Western Visayas gambling-free.

Querol said they filed 416 illegal gambling cases against several suspects from January to July 2011, compared 112 for the same period last year.

The suspects were charged for violation of Presidential Decree No. 1602 as amended by Republic Act 9287 (Anti-Illegal Gambling Act).

Oooops…The wife is alive!

In the news item “Policeman suspected of killing wife surrenders” by Tara Yap and published in the front page of TDG’s August 30, 2011 issue, we would like to clarify that Mary Joy Sobredo-Diestro, the wife of suspect PO2 Jose Diestro, was not killed in the August 23 shooting inside their house in New Lucena, […]

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